UPDATE: Clerk shuts off pumps before trucks hit them at Mt. Albion Irving

Ryan Ross
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A two-vehicle crash at the Mt. Albion Irving this afternoon might have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for the quick actions of a clerk who managed to turn off the gas pumps right before the trucks hit them. 

There were no life-threatening injuries but one man was taken to hospital after complaining of back and neck injuries and a dog that suffered minor injuries was taken to the P.E.I. Humane Society.

At the scene, RCMP Cst. Jeffrey Dow said witnesses told police a Toyota Tundra was driving west toward Charlottetown when a Ford Ranger pulled out of the 48 Road and hit it.

“The momentum carried them into the parking lot and into the pump.”

A barbecue, truck parts and other debris littered the parking lot and lawn leaving a trail behind the two vehicles.

The Tundra came to a rest with its crumpled front end where one of the gas pumps normally stood but was instead laying on its side a few feet away.

It fared somewhat better than the battered Ranger, which was missing a wheel, had its tailgate on the ground and had several of its windows broken.

Dow said someone who was leaving the store was able to warn the clerk before the impact and she managed to shut the pumps off in time.

The RCMP later confirmed alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but the investigation was ongoing and charges could be laid.

Dow also said there have been several accidents in the area involving people pulling out of the 48 Road.

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  • Chad
    May 24, 2014 - 00:07

    Good job CrossRoads Fire

  • Brett welsh
    May 23, 2014 - 15:03

    Prime example of pei drivers hardly anyone knows how to use a merge lane properly. I blame dmv for given some of these people there right to drive. I live in charlottetown and drive truck in city's where there is ten times the traffic and people and rarly do you see this stuff. Learn to shoulder check and check mirrors and it won't be a problam pei by far the worst drivers I seen so far in nine years of being a truck driver.

    • Dont blame the DMV
      May 23, 2014 - 19:22

      The DMV is not to blame, it is the driving schools which test the drivers and tell the DMV that the driver "passed". Conflict of interest much?

  • Dick
    May 23, 2014 - 07:07

    Charges could be laid ? What, is the culprit a friend of the police force.

  • Proper merging
    May 23, 2014 - 06:16

    There is an adequate merge lane there. It certainly looks like the Ranger did not use the merge lane properly (probably why charges are being considered). It is fairly evident from the videos (and looking at the intersection from above via Google satellite view) that the Ranger had to have crossed from the merge lane into the TCH travel lane long before the solid line changed to a dashed line (which indicates the zone where one may execute the actual merge). I see drivers on a daily basis not staying safely in the merge lane until the dashed line (the solid line indicates the zone where the merging driver is to use his/her side mirror to check for, and match speed with, traffic in the travel lane of the road being merged with and the dashed line indicates where one is allowed to execiute the lange change from the merge lane onto the travel lane). But heck we've only had merge lanes here on PEI for what, 25 or 30 years? Can't expect your average Island driver to adapt to newfangled concepts that quickly, can we?

    • I voted for the other guy!
      May 23, 2014 - 08:02

      To: Proper merging. To the best of my knowledge, there is a yield sign there. Yielding is different than merging. Merging shares responsibility and neither actually has the right of way. Yielding permits the right-of-way to the driver already on the highway. Simply treating this intersection as a merge because there is a lane does not justify the actions.

  • travelgirl
    May 22, 2014 - 21:44

    Wow, it is amazing how many people have typed the SAME response regarding the 50/90 zone. Sounds like a broken record.

  • Matt
    May 22, 2014 - 21:38

    It's the frggin' TCH; the speed limit should not be reduced! Maybe the province could make better merge lanes and exits and do the same to the rest of the highway all the way from Wood Islands to Borden. Then the speed limit could be 90 km/hr the whole way. Then Islanders just need to learn how to drive.

  • IRAC
    May 22, 2014 - 21:31

    Accordingly, we will be raising the price of gas at the stroke of midnight, tonight.

  • Mell
    May 22, 2014 - 21:26

    A huge thank you to the clerk for quick action and thinking and also to the one who alerted her. Big Thanks!

  • Randy
    May 22, 2014 - 21:21

    No roundabout here. All they need to do is remove the merge lane on the 48 Road and make all traffic on the 48 Road come to the stop sign. Then you're square to the highway and can see in both directions. It's simple.

  • stupid drivers
    May 22, 2014 - 20:57

    People come flying off the 48 Rd. all the time and merge into traffic on the highway. It's not even a merge, it's a yield so they should be stopping (or slow down and wait) until traffic is clear. The yield sign should really be changed to a stop sign.

    • Observant
      May 23, 2014 - 05:52

      It is a merge lane. Go take a look

    • I voted for the other guy!
      May 23, 2014 - 07:57

      The difference between a merge and a yield is, when you're merging, you are entering traffic without stopping. Yielding is letting the traffic pass you and then going when the coast is clear. There is a yield sign there, not a merge sign. Long and the short, the vehicle on the highway had the right-of-way. If it were a merge lane, neither would have right-of-way.

    • LA
      May 23, 2014 - 11:48

      Observant: Observe the yield sign nex time you're there.

  • Scott
    May 22, 2014 - 20:35

    Great work by the attendant. could have been much worse!

  • resident
    May 22, 2014 - 20:22

    Was the truck actually merging or taking an illegal left turn into the Irving off the merge. I have witnessed so often that it scares me everytime. The 4"x4" no left turn sign is to small and barely visable anyway, but sure that people would ignore it if it was larger. I think we need better driver trainers that actually teach the RULES of the road and what the signs mean. IMO

  • radar checker
    May 22, 2014 - 18:34

    Its a 90 zone along there sorry to burst your bubble

  • Jennifer G
    May 22, 2014 - 18:06

    It was the Ford Ranger that pulled out of the 48 Rd and no he couldn't have been doing 50km..I drive this route to work everyday and I can tell you that I don't think any vehicle pulls out of the 48 rd merge lane at 50km..there needs to be something done about this area.

  • Cflat
    May 22, 2014 - 17:22

    Sounds like we need a new roundabout!

  • Matt
    May 22, 2014 - 16:48

    I always thought it was 90 km/hr

  • Islander
    May 22, 2014 - 15:28

    Its actually a 90 km zone

  • Limen
    May 22, 2014 - 15:14

    A 50 km zone I think not its a main highway for crying out loud the government has to do something with this intersection it's a death trap

  • Just Wondering
    May 22, 2014 - 15:10

    To The Guardian: Interesting, yet unfortunate to watch the video except for one thing. Do you have to publish them 'stupid' video ads before the actual video. I am sure nobody except 'gurls' would be interested in them 'gurly' video ads.

  • johnthames
    May 22, 2014 - 14:28

    That's a 50 km zone. Take a look at the impact damage. No way was the Toyota Tundra doing 50 km, no possible way, probably texting on his iphone as well. Charge both of them, they need to slow down and pay attention.

    • not a 50
      May 22, 2014 - 14:58

      actually its a 90km zone bud....its the TCH in mt albion. Ya know...that stretch of hiway that goes from stratford to wood islands.. Its jus a stupid intersection and the guy in the ranger probably wasnt paying attention to oncoming traffic....90 zone...not a 50

    • Anonymous
      May 22, 2014 - 15:13

      Not making excuses for them but that's the highway. It's actually a 90km zone

    • Nathalie
      May 22, 2014 - 15:13

      Are you sure it was a iPhone? In totally getting samsung from the picture........

    • Joe
      May 22, 2014 - 15:14

      Pretty sure it's a 90km zone it's the trans canada and it's not a residential zone

    • Joe
      May 22, 2014 - 15:14

      Pretty sure it's a 90km zone it's the trans canada and it's not a residential zone

    • Really?
      May 22, 2014 - 15:15

      Really? I guess I haven't seen that 50K sign as I drive by twice every day ! It has always been a 90.

    • from there
      May 22, 2014 - 15:30

      Its actually a 90 but should definitely be reduced to a 50. So many unneeded accidents at this intersection.

    • c'mon bud
      May 22, 2014 - 15:32

      If the Ranger turned off of the 48 to hit the west-bound Tacoma then that would put the Tacoma on the highway; a 90km/h zone. So, in some sad way, you're right.... Surely he wouldn't be driving 50 km/h in a 90 km/h zone. I'll leave the cellphone comment alone... Just too easy.

    • Resident
      May 22, 2014 - 15:46

      I grew up less than 1 km from the Irving.. It is absolutely a 90km zone and the 48 rd is an 80 km zone.. Always has been...

    • Huh?
      May 22, 2014 - 15:52

      That's a 90K zone...

    • How it is...
      May 22, 2014 - 16:03

      Mind telling me where you found the 50km sign? It's definitely a 90 on the TCH there. If you find it so easy to come to the right conclusions, maybe you should become a cop or a judge...

    • DMatthews
      May 22, 2014 - 16:11

      That is not a 50 km zone, it was by the Irving "Pippy's" on the TransCanada highway which is a 90 km zone and don't make assumptions. Unless you were in the truck you have no idea what exactly happened. However I will agree that people need to pay more attention and to slow down. Seems everyone is in such a big rush these days to get no where.

    • Hah
      May 22, 2014 - 16:17

      When did the 50 km sign go up? I never seen it

    • Obviously you don't drive there often...
      May 22, 2014 - 16:18

      ... because otherwise you'd know that's never been a 50km zone. Hell, a thousand metres down the 48 road there's a passing lane on a curve with a 80km limit. The area has a history of accidents both on the corner and down the first stretch of the 48. The limits in the area are too high - people often speed past the posted limits and this is the result. Phone use is pretty unlikely as a culprit, it'll come out that one or both vehicles were going too fast.

    • mount albion resident
      May 22, 2014 - 16:20

      Not sure what you're smoking but there's no 50 km/h zone anywhere near that intersection. TCH is 90 km/h and 48 Rd is 80 km/h. There is a stop sign for 48 Rd at the intersection. Go drive in this area if you think I'm lying.

    • What
      May 22, 2014 - 16:27

      No 50 there try 90

    • AC
      May 22, 2014 - 16:30

      It's not a 50 km zone along there it's still 90 km

    • Nope
      May 22, 2014 - 16:30

      That is a 90 km zone.

    • thamesjohn
      May 22, 2014 - 17:53

      Acutally John its a 90km zone as it is the trans canada highway get your facts straight before insulting people who have been injured in an accident that is reported as not their fault

    • Morgan
      May 22, 2014 - 17:56

      I drive that stretch everyday, it is NOT a 50KM/H zone, it is in fact a 90KM/H zone along there.

    • from there
      May 22, 2014 - 17:58

      Its actually still a 90 km/h zone. However I agree with the amount of recent incidents it should be reduced to a 50 km/h zone.

    • Morgan
      May 22, 2014 - 18:08

      I drive that stretch everyday, it is NOT a 50KM/H zone, it is in fact a 90KM/H zone along there. Looking at the pictures/video and based on the article I would say the driver of the Ranger didn't shoulder check before merging onto the highway.

    • Correct me if I'm wrong....
      May 22, 2014 - 18:26

      Pretty sure that's a 90km zone when travelling the #1 highway towards Charlottetown. The driver of the Ranger was merging and therefore should not have pulled into oncoming traffic. He is the one in the wrong. And no, I don't know either of the parties involved, just stating a fact.

    • jack
      May 22, 2014 - 18:44

      Johnthames, it's a 90 zone, not sure what you are thinking.

    • Can any of you read?
      May 22, 2014 - 21:41

      Ok. It has been established it's a 90kph zone. Give it a rest.

    • tammy
      May 23, 2014 - 10:34

      not to burst your bubble thats my father your talking about, First of all he dosen't have a cell phone, and he was following the rules of the road he is not stupid, remember one thing he wasnt the first person to have an accident there maybe if there wasnt a blind spot there things would be much better, so before people start talking about my dad put yourself in his shoes, I dont really think he wanted to be in Hospital and on life support,